Michelle L. Kaarst-Brown

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Many organizations must continuously innovate with information technology (IT) to maintain their competitive position. This paper illustrates how the Clarica Life Insurance Company created a stream of business-enabling IT innovations after more than 70 career transitions of IT people into line business positions. The theoretical lens used to discuss this(More)
1985, Benjamin, Dickinson, and Rockart wrote out the changing role of the Chief Information Offir (CIO). They argued that the creation of the CIO osition demonstrated that the status of IT executives as being elevated and integrated into top manageent. Paradoxically, twenty years later, one of the major problems many CIOs face is a lower perception of their(More)
Despite over six decades of research on the role and definition of the IT workforce, there remain numerous, and often contradictory, definitions related to the identity of this group. The IT workforce is made up of IT professionals, computer scientists, software developers, and business professionals trained in MIS, as well as various occupational(More)
Theorists have suggested that organizational culture is a strategic resource that has value in ensuring the continuing existence and success of organizations (Michalisin, Smith, & Kline, 1997; Barney, 1986, 1991; Hult, Ketchen, & Nichols, 2002; Gordon, 1985). This assertion is supported by various studies that have linked organizational culture to broad(More)
Building on an analysis of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, literature, as well as private and public interviews, this paper hopes to shed light on the potential impact of Sarbanes-Oxley for IT governance, IT budgets, and relationships with vendors and outsourcers. Findings have implications for research as well as practical lessons-learned for American firms, and(More)
Different organizational theories clearly define critical organizational activities necessary for organizational survival. Recent attention to "hybrid" research that links organizational theory with MIS research has been proposed to lend new insights into strategic alignment of IT (Orlikowski & Barley, 2000; Zmud, 2002). One gap still to be addressed(More)